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Lhasa with Everest Base Camp

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Lhasa with Everest Base Camp

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Duration 09 Days

Lhasa with Everest Base Camp tour package is a traveler’s dream-come-true. With breathtaking views of some of the world’s tallest peaks – including the tallest of them all, Mt. Everest – this is a classic road journey that faces very little competition. The roads are tough, and the terrain harsh, but you will be able to complete most of this journey with the comfort of a Landcruiser. The Tibetan plateau has a wide range of stunning sceneries, but the tour also exposes you to authentic Tibetan Buddhism. Upon crossing the spectacular Tibetan plateau by traversing high mountain passes, the journey takes you to the Everest Base Camp. There you will witness the majestic north face of Everest.

On the other side of this journey lies the Forbidden City, commonly referred to as Lhasa. It is the administrative capital of Tibet, and the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism. A trip to the Potala Palace is mandatory, and so is the visit to Jokhang. At these sights, you will be able to experience monastic rituals and authentic Tibetan Buddhism.

The culture, art, and spirituality of Lhasa combined with some stunning sights of the Tibetan plateau, including Mt. Everest, make this an unforgettable journey.

 

Highlights of Lhasa with Everest Base Camp:

  • Palaces, Monasteries
  • Amazing Landscapes, People, Culture
  • High Himalayas
  • North Face of Mt. Everest
 
Tour CodeName SeasonDays
FO [TT 03]LHASA WITH EVEREST BASE CAMP TOURApr till Mid Oct09
Days   
1Fly to Lhasa 3,595 m after immigration formalities drive to Lhasa. It is good to take a complete rest this day.  Optional walking tour of old part of Tibet around Bharkhorsquare.O/N Hotel (B)  
2Today we will visit Potala Palace the winter palace of the Dalai Lama & is a prominent feature on the Lhasa skyline. Then after we visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest monastic university of Tibet.  O/N Hotel(B)  
3This day we will visit Jokhang Monastery and explore the bustling Bharkhor market, Tibetan medical centre and Norbulingka Palace O/N hotel (B)  
4We will drive to Gyantse (3,850 m) which is 261 km from Lhasa. Visit Palkor and Kumbum Monastery. O/N hotel (B)  
5Today is a short drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) which is 90 km . In Shigatse we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery. O/N hotel (B)  
6Drive to DINGRI via Sakya. Overnight  (B)  
7Drive to EBC and O/N at RONGBUK  Overnight (B)  
8Drive to NYALAM . (B)  
9NYALAM-­KATHMANDU   

B = Breakfast

 

Day 01 : Fly KATHMANDU (1336m) - LHASA (3595m)  CA 408 KTM/LXA 1210/1555HRS

After breakfast (0910 HRS) transfer to the Kathmandu airport from where the Air China flight (CA 408) will take off at 1210hrs/ (Nepal Standard Time). The flight duration for Kathmandu / Lhasa is 1 hour & 10 minutes reaches at 1550(Lhasa Time). Take picturesque photograph of the icy peaks of the Himalayas from air while flying to Lhasa. During the flight (weather permitting) you will see the Yarlung Tsangpo river (Brahmaputra), Yamdrok-tso Lake, Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m),  Mt Makalu (8463m) and Mt Everest (8848m).  Upon touch down at the Gonggar Airport in Lhasa at 15:55 (Beijing Standard Time) some immigration formalities and drive for approx. 01 hr  to holy city of Lhasa. Assistance for check in to the hotel then you  can have complete rest for acclimatization.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for airport transfers; flight KTM/LHASA; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation.

Day 2: Visit POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE AND BARKHOR STREET

After breakfast, we start our tour by visiting Potala Palace the landmark and also the symbol of Tibet.  This is a winter palace of Dalai Lama which comprises of White and Red Palaces with 1000 rooms having various statues, stupas, murals and artifacts. The architecture of the entire construction, the splendid well-preserved artworks and various kinds of religious treasures are some of the highlights of Potala Palace.

Next we visit Jokhang Temple the spiritual center of Tibet founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo.  This is one of the most scared temple in Tibet and is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After you will have a time to walk around the Barkhor streets the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. In the olden days this was the most famous local market but now it has changed to tourist gift shopping center.  

 Overnight at the Hotel

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 03 : Visit NORBULINGKA PALACE, DREPUNG &  SERA Monasteries

Today, start with a visit to the summer palace of Dalai Lama ‘Norbulingka which is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about one km (about 0.6 mile) southwest of Potala Palace. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.

Then drive 8 km west to Drepung monastery, once Tibet's largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses only about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world.  This was also the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace. Although several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lanes.

After we visit another great Gelugpa Monastery Sera built in 1419 by Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi a disciple of Tsongka pa.  This is one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet, where several hundred monks live and study within it's whitewashed walls & golden roofs. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries.

Debating of Buddhist Doctrines (Debating hour between 3-5 PM)

The Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism studies Buddhist doctrines using a step-by-step process. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Lamas usually have debates in the special debating field from 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. The debate usually lasts about one hour and a half. It may be conducted on Saturday occasionally because of the ritual ceremony at the same day. For the bad weather or religious holidays, the debate will be unavailable sometime in winter. In a battle of words, they supplement their efforts by using a variety of gestures including clapping their hands, pushing their partners for an answer, or plucking their prayer beads to win the virtue of the Buddha. For a clear view of this unique event, an early arrival is recommended.

Overnight at the Hotel

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 4 : LHASA-­GYANTSE -  3,950 m – approx. 6 hrs drive

Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4794 meter with a brief halt  to savor majestic views of Yamdrok­tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at  7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La Pass at 5045 m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyanntse.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 5 :  DRIVE TO SHIGATSE  -  3,860 m – approx.  2hrs drive

Morning, visit Kumbum Monastery, the only Nepalese styled stupa in whole of Tibet.  It literally means “hundred thousand images of Buddha” and stands at 34 m high. The mural and wall paintings are the wonders of the stupa that mostly date back to its original time.  From the top, you can have a beautiful view of the old part of the town in the shadow of the fort.

Then we also visit Palkor Choede monastery which was started in the 14th century by the 1st Panchen Lama and local chieftain Kusang Rabten. The monastery is prominent with the main image of present Buddha, sitting right at the center of the inner temple attached to assembly hall.

After, we drive to Shigatse the second largest town in Tibet and the traditional capital of Tsang. We check in and relax a bit and then afternoon walk along the Shigatse market.

Overnight at the Hotel 

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 6 :  Drive to DINGRI -  4,350 m – approx.  6 hrs drive

Today after breakfast we continue our journey to Dingri  by crossing some of the high passes (Tsoula Pass – 4,500m, Gyatso La 5,200 m ) – on the way you can see beautiful landscapes with great views of the mountains (weather permitting).  Overnight in the hotel/guest house.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 7: Drive to EBC and O/N at  RONGBUK (5050 M)  (B) – 3 hrs

We head off the main overland route and the road rise steeply up the foothills of the  Himalayasvia Pangla Pass to arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest  monastery situated at 5,050m, just below the Rongbuk glacier. Check in at the monastery have lunch then get a eco bus or pony cart to the base camp(5,200 m)  of one of the highest mountain of the world. The astonishing snow mountain and changeful cloud will be in your touch. During the sunset the mountains looks beautiful with changing of colors. Then retreat back to Rongbuk Monastery and explore.  The monastery is small in size, but it has many colorful and lively murals.

Overnight at Rongbuk  Monastery Guesthouse. 

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 8  : Drive to NYALAM – 3,750 m – approx.. 7 hrs drive

Have a last glance of Mt. Everest in the morning then have breakfast and  drive to Nyalam  for an overnight stay.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Day 09 : NYALAM­KATHMANDU – 1,300 (B) – 7 HRS

From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a  short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the  Chinese ­ Nepalese border where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk  to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where you will be met by your Nepalese staff.  After completing the re­entry formalities you continue the drive to Kathmandu which,  depending on road and weather conditions, should take about  7 hours. 

Includes : Breakfast and transfer to Airport for departure

 

 
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Facts File

  • Area:

    Tibet

  • Max Elevation:

    5,200 m

  • Season:

    April to mid October

  • Price:

    On Request